StartLight Media Ltd

StartLight Media Ltd

StarLightMedia group positions itself as the largest broadcasting group in Ukraine. It consists of 6 TV-channels. These are STB, ICTV, Novy Kanal (New Channel), QTV (animations) two music TV-channels M1 and M2. It was founded in 2009. Starlight Media Ltd is registered in Cyprus on 29.12.2006, yet there is no mention of it on the official website. According to the official website of StarLightMedia, in the past year the group was an absolute leader in all target audiences, men, women and youth. They have the largest audience share (TV) in Ukraine of 27,33% in 2015. The three of the group’s channels are among the top 10 TV channels according to audience research by Nielsen (STB, ICTV, Novy Channel). StarLightMedia has its own production companies. Apart from television the group’s products include shooting equipment rental – StarLight rental, scenery production – StarLight Scenery, TV series and music videos – StartLight Films. The group has three sales houses: Startlight Sales deals with direct advertising; Starlight Brand Content deals with sponsorship and product placement; and StarLight Digital Sales deals with online and mobile advertising. StarLight Digital is a department which develops internet-projects. The group considers itself as trend-setting in television and advertising and has some social projects too.

Key facts

Business Form

private

Legal Form

limited liability partnership

Business Sectors

Broadcasting; Advertising; Production; Entertainment; Investment Education

Ownership

Individual Owner

Viktor Pinchuk

Viktor Pinchuk is one of the wealthiest men on earth. Forbes places him in 2016 on 1476th place with real time net worth of USD 1.36 billion. He is married to Olena Pinchuk, the daughter of the former President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. Together with his wife Victor owns one of the biggest media holdings in Ukraine Starlight Media. He founded “Interpipe” in 1990, a metallurgical mill company, controls several dozens of enterprises active in steel industry, wheel and tubular production (Novomoskovsk Pipe Plant, Nizhnednepropetrovsky Pipe Rolling Plant, “Dniprospetsstal”, etc.). Interpipe is among top 10 of the world’s largest seamless pipes’ producers and third largest producer of solid-rolled railways wheels in the world. In 2007 he founded EastOne Group, an international investment advisory group which provides services in investment management across the continent in various sectors. The company combines more than 20 businesses and large-scale projects which include Interpipe, media and banking sector (Credit Dnepr Bank). Viktor Pinchuk also owns a company ‘Impulse Group’ which was registered in 2001 and lists among its activities the following: wholesale of solid, liquid and gas fuels and similar products, wholesale of metals and metal ores, wholesale of waste and scrap, financial leasing and research and experimental development in the field of other natural and technical sciences.
According to media, he invests in Facebook and Twitter via American funds.
He owns a charity fund “Victor Pinchuk Foundation” which is a non-partisan philanthropic foundation active in education, healthcare and art. The foundation has two scholarship programmes Zavtra.ua (Tomorrow from Ukrainian) World Wide Studies, which provide young brilliant Ukrainians with opportunities to study in world’s best universities in fields of agriculture, environment and alternative energies, public administration/law and aerospace engineering. The Foundation also organizes public lectures and roundtables (Philanthropic Roundtable in Davos) with world renowned leaders and scholars. Medsanbat provides medical training to doctors in conflict zones and Cradle of Hope is a network of neonatal centers all across Ukraine. “PinchukArtCentre” supports artists and promotes artistic education.
Together with Volosyuk Viktor Mikhailovich Pinchuk owns TAVR Company which also belongs to TAVR Media, radio holding with the following radios: Hit-FM, Kiss-FM, Russkoe Radio Ukraina, Radio Relax, Radio Roks, Radio Melodia. TAVR company owns various radio companies – Liamin (100%), Mir (95%), Pilot (95%).
Viktor Pinchuk served two terms as a Member of the Parliament with the “Labour Ukraine” between 1998 and 2002. He was a member of Committee for economic policy, national economy management, ownership and investments during both convocations. In 2006 he supported election campaign “Viche” party (before the announcement of the off-year election in 2007 Inna Bogoslovska was a head of the party). Despite powerful sponsorship, the party didn’t enter the parliament.
He is known to keep close friendships with the Clintons, Sir Elton John and Tony Blair. Last year he was the largest individual contributor to the Clinton Foundation, and allegations were made that his company, Interpipe, conducted business with Iran, which he denies. In 2013 Pinchuk joined Giving Pledge, where he committed to giving more than half of this wealth back to his country and society. He and Kolomoyskyi were schoolmates.
Pinchuk was born in Kyiv in 1960.

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Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other TV Outlets

STB (audience share 8,5%),

Facts

Media Business

Media Business

TV Broadcasting | STB, ICTV, Novy Channel, QTV, M1, M2 #
Digital products | StarLight Digital subdivision that deals with internet-projects #
Advertising | StarLight Sales, StarLight Brand Content, StarLight Digital Sales
Production | StarLight Films, Vaverka Production, StarLight Commercial Production, StarLight Scenery, StarLight Rental |
Entertainment | StartLight Entertainment, StarLight Digital #
Investment | wGRP Investment #
Education | Knowledge Centre (workshops, trainings)

Business

Business

TV Broadcasting | STB, ICTV, Novy Channel, QTV, M1, M2 #
Digital products | StarLight Digital subdivision that deals with internet-projects #
Advertising | StarLight Sales, StarLight Brand Content, StarLight Digital Sales
Production | StarLight Films, Vaverka Production, StarLight Commercial Production, StarLight Scenery, StarLight Rental |
Entertainment | StartLight Entertainment, StarLight Digital #
Investment | wGRP Investment #
Education | Knowledge Centre (workshops, trainings)

International Business

4 companies own Starlight Media Ltd all with 24,99%: Moonlight Global Ltd, British Virgin Islands, Crestfield Ltd, Samoa, Roseador Overseas Ltd, British Virgin Islands and Mondica Global Ltd, British Virgin Islands. These in turn are owned 100% by other companies, respectively, Grainger Consultants Ltd – Hong Kong owned by Benjamin Verne French national residing in Switzerland, Gallen Management Ltd – Seychelles owned by Samantha D’Aoud, British national residing in France, Radner Consulting – Seychelles owned by Angelo de Riz, Swiss national residing in Switzerland and Corella Ltd – Hong Kong owned by Colin Walker British national residing in Jersey.

General Information

Founding Year

2006

Founder

MOONLIGHT GLOBAL LTD (British Virgin Islands), CRESTFIELD LTD (Samoa), ROSEADOR OVERSEAS LTD (British Virgin Islands), MANDICA GLOBAL LTD (British Virgin Islands)

Employees

4000

Contact

Ukraine: 01054, Kyiv, Turgenevska str. 25; Tel: +38(044)3543545, website: slm.ua; Cyprus: Mykinon 8, 1065 Nicosia

Tax/ ID Number

HE 190860

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

MD

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

MD

Advertising (in % of total funding)

MD

Management

Executive Board

Evhenii Bondarenko, CEO of StarLight Media from June, 2012. He graduated from the Russian Institute of Economics and Finance, Moscow State University of Railway Engineering. Evhenii obtained two MBA degrees from the Executive Academy, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) and from Carlson Business School of Management, University of Minnesota (USA). He started his professional career in 1997. Evhenii held management positions in the sphere of economics and finance in various Russian companies. In 2004-2006 he was deputy director of the performance management of TNK-BP Ukraine. He worked for EastOne Group for 6 years before joining StarLight Media.
Anatolii Maksymchuk, Vice-President of the Group, graduated from the Faculty of Law of the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” in 2002. He also studied political sciences, attended summer universities on democracy and media law. Since June 2004, Anatolii has been working on STB channel, at first as a Legal Department Director, now as a Deputy General Director of the channel and the Group. Prior to StarLightMedia, he worked in “XXI Century” holding company. He is a member of the Public Council at the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, of the Public Council at the Ukrainian State Film Agency; of the National Association of Advocates of Ukraine.
Taras Shydlyk, CFO. In 1999, Taras graduated from the Institute of International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University. He began his professional career in the banking sector. Then, he worked for Ernst&Young audit company for 6 years, and for EastOne investment and consulting company for 2 years. He joined StarLightMedia in August 2008 as a CFO.
Information gathered at the website of the group http://slm.ua/about-ua/.
From 2009 till 2012 Oleksandr Bogutskiy (a head of ICTV channel) was the head of StarLightMeida Group. In May, 2012 Volodymyr Borodianskyi (a head of STB channel) was appointed to this position.

Non-Executive Board

MD

Supervisory Board

Olena Pinchuk wife of Viktor Pinchuk and the daughter of the former President of Ukraine, Leonid Kutchma

Further Information

Headlines

2.5 hryvnya of disagreement. StarLightMedia and “1+1 Media” on amends to UPS and transition to market relations with providers
http://detector.media/rinok/article/117948/2016-08-18-25-grivni-rozbratu-starlightmedia-ta-11-media-pro-zminu-upp-i-perekhid-do-rinkovikh-vidnosin-z-provaiderami/

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Meta Data

Since the company is registered in Cyprus, it is impossible to obtain registration data from open information sources. It is impossible to obtain financial information from open information sources as well.

Sources

Official web-site of StarLight Media. Retrieved in August 2016, from http://slm.ua/about-ua/

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